The fall of 1930 was extra special for kindergarten students at Harrison Elementary School. Not only were they new to school, and the school itself was new. The original Harrison building had been damaged in a fire a year earlier.
Dorothy Wharton was a member of that inaugural class and she still takes pride in pointing out the location of her kindergarten classroom. “I really liked school and I liked music,” she said. Ironically, her kindergarten classroom now serves as the Harrison music room.
Dorothy and her late husband, Lewis (coincidentally also a member of that 1930 kindergarten class) raised their family in the Harrison neighborhood. Their son, Bill, began kindergarten there in 1965. Bill, too, decided to remain in the neighborhood, living only a few houses away from his parents. His son, Owen, entered Harrison as a kindergartener in 1990. Owen now lives next door to his parents, and his five-year-old daughter, Annabelle Rose, is a new kindergarten student at Harrison. Four generations of the Wharton family attended Harrison, 1310 11th Street NW.
“Our family has really enjoyed being here at Harrison,” added Dorothy. “It’s a wonderful school and it is still absolutely beautiful, too.”